Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Bars - GF, Naturally Sweetened

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Breakfast Bars- GF, Refined Sugar Free via: How to Just About Anything

Let me describe your typical morning…

You wake up all on your own, completely refreshed and have ample time to shower, get dressed and do your hair. You’re greeted at the breakfast table by a row of smiling, patient faces. You fry some eggs and bacon as you dexterously dip and cook the French toast, all while the coffee steams in the background. Your toddler of course doesn’t bother this process at all, and most certainly doesn’t grab the egg carton off the counter and smash it onto the floor.
Kudos to you if your morning actually looks like this! But more often that not mornings can be a rushed, chaotic mess. And trying to fit a nutritious breakfast, that even your pickiest child will love, in the mix can seem impossible.

Hurried Mornings

Mornings can be rushed for a variety of reasons. Maybe everyone was up too late the night before and caught some extra zzz’s. Or maybe the dog decided to use your clean, but not folded yet, laundry pile instead of the outdoors to do his business. And just maybe that laundry pile had all the school uniforms in it.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Breakfast Bars- GF, Refined Sugar Free via: How to Just About Anything

    Even if you homeschool, you don’t want to spend all day on your morning routine. Even if your kids aren’t in school yet, or you don’t have kids, you still don’t want to waste tons of time in the mornings.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Are There Herbal Antibiotics?

Are There Herbal Antibiotics, and What's Most Effective?  via: How to Just About Anything

What are Antibiotics?

     We know that every year lots of people get sick with the flu or an infection, especially during the cooler winter months. Many of these people end up at the doctor’s office and leave with a prescription for an antibiotic. But what are they really, and why do we need antibiotics?

     Antibiotics as we know them can be traced back to the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928. Yet there are accounts from ancient times of doctors using moldy bread to treat infections. These antibiotics work by either damaging unwanted bacteria or preventing them from multiplying in the body.

Why is Bacteria so Important?

    Each one of us can have about 1,000 bacterial strains in our body. No, I didn’t say 1,000 bacteria total, that’s 1,000 different strains! There is approximately 100 trillion good bacteria in and on our bodies.

     For years doctors and scientists thought that our bodies were a clean slate and that “bad” bacteria invaded and caused disease. The solution? To create powerful antibiotics to kill these bad bugs. The problem is that these prescription antibiotics not only damage the bad bacteria, but the good as well.
    
     Without good bacteria, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases like ADD, ADHD, asthma, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome take hold.

Want to know which herbs have antibacterial properties?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Herbal Popsicles for Immune Boosting

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When I was little one of my favorite things about summer were the ice cream and popsicle treats my mom stocked up on. Once a year she’d go to Save a Lot and buy half a chest freezer full of frozen treats which we’d happily lick and slurp down the rest of the summer.

I was always sad to see the stock get low as summer wound down, leaving a few fudgesicles and unwanted grape popsicles behind (no one in my family liked grape). I never gave a second thought to what was actually in the popsicles. As much as my mom loved me and wanted to provide us with a fun treat, I know she never thought to question the ingredients either.

Now that I’m a mom myself I won’t touch the artificially colored and flavored, high fructose corn syrup laden, hyperactivity inducing toxins on a stick. But I still want to provide a fun and tasty treat for my son.

Unfortunately, I can’t protect him from every potentially bad situation. Little ones will be exposed to germs at public places and even from other family members. However, there is a way to boost their immune system and give them a yummy treat they’ll love: Herbal Popsicles!

I like using these portable and convenient popsicle containers.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

DIY Simmering Apple Potpourri - 3 Recipes for an Amazing Smelling House!

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Every fall I make a pot of apple cider on the stove. Several times each season actually. The cinnamon, cloves, apples and oranges simmering in the fragrant cider is enough to make you drool! It fill our small house with the scrumptious scent of fall.

I can only make so many batches of this apple cider, yet I absolutely love the smell of it around the house. So what’s the solution? I noticed our neighbor had a really nice idea to keep their house smelling great throughout the colder months.

They have a wood stove that provides the living room with a warm, cheery fire. It also gets really warm on top, making it perfect for simmering potpourri.

As much as I love the warmth and atmosphere of a wood stove, they make me a bit nervous. I’m always afraid the toddler is going to fall into the side and get a major burn. So while I won’t be investing in a woodstove in the near future, I can still have a fragrant potpourri on my stove at home.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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It seems like once September hits, the pumpkin floodgates are thrown open.  Pumpkin-scented, flavored and colored everything can be found almost everywhere.

And while it may seem like overkill to have yet another pumpkin recipe, trust me on this. These taste delicious! Even my super-picky-about-dessert husband managed to say “These are amazing!” past his mouthful (very full) of pumpkin cake.

And what’s not to love? They’re spiced with seasonal cinnamon and ginger, with a splash of warm vanilla and covered in a velvety, maple kissed, cream cheese frosting
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I will admit that I ate a few (okay four) for breakfast. I think my son had it worse though. He’s only three, but old enough to grab tempting food off of the kitchen counter. Every time I looked over at him he had one in his hand. Don’t worry though, I didn’t let him eat too many!

Since these are made with pumpkin puree, they’re really more of a cross between a cake and a muffin. Think somewhere between carrot cake and banana bread.

Maybe it’s pumpkin overkill, but these taste amazing with a homemade pumpkin frappe! Or even a vanilla latte that contains superfood ingredients to fight stretch marks, wrinkles and cellulite. And you don’t even need a fancy espresso maker to get the creamy whipped top!

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